Golden, Castleton, post game press conference quotes


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        Courtesy Florida Sports Information

        Head Coach Todd Golden

        On limiting Oscar Tshiebwe

        “We didn’t double him. Colin (Castleton) is one of if not the best defensive player in the country with his block numbers and by our two-point field goal percentage defense, and we like that matchup one on one for us on the defensive side of the ball. Colin has got so much better defensively then he was last year. We wanted to make him turnover his right shoulder and finish that way. Oscar is a lot more effective inside five feet then outside five feet, so we tried to make him get catches away from the rim. We didn’t do a good enough job on the glass with him, he got seven offensive rebounds, and that’s what he does. I thought we did a great job collectively limiting his opportunities. For him to go 2-for-14 without doubling, I thought Colin had a great game defensively.”

        On attacking the pick and roll

        “That’s kind of the narrative with Oscar and their team you could say. I think they’ve improved that way though, and they do a good job of covering each other up. Oscar has been dropping a lot in those ball screens, they stagger the guard and get back to shooters. It’s clear that’s been a priority for them as the season has gone along, they are a lot better now than they were a month ago. Credit to them for obviously identifying an area where they were deficient and really attacking it. The reality is, since the loss to South Carolina they’ve been playing really well. I’m sure that was an emphasis that Coach Calipari had. Getting this team back right, they’re playing really well again.”

        Grad F Colin Castleton

        On limiting Oscar Tshiebwe

        “Just be aggressive as possible. Just limit the close catches to the basket and around the rim. He’s super effective around the rim and is a strong guy, and is one of the most active players in the country. Being able to use my length was the biggest thing.”

        On his confidence getting to his spots in the second half

        “Very confident. A lot like that last game against Tennessee, when teams don’t double-team I can of take that a little personal and use my moves, my one-on-one and post-up abilities to face-up guys who maybe can move as well laterally as a smaller guy or a guard. I just try to make it to our advantage to help the team. If they guard me one-on-one, make the right play. If they double me, kick it out.”

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